Blooms by Bethan


Craving chocolate?

Friday, 31 May 2013

Blooms by Bethan chocolate cake


Not feeling the love when it comes to white wedding cakes? Well why not have a chocolate wedding cake? After all, who doesn’t love chocolate? Last weekend I whipped up this chocolate ganache-covered cake for the engagement party of a future bride. The top tier was gluten-free Cointreau-laced orange and almond cake and the bottom chocolate mud. Both were smothered in layers of chocolate and topped with raspberries, blueberries, figs and pomegranate. As an extra little flourish, golden, crunchy spun sugar topped it off.

The bride Carmel sent me this message: “Bethan it was AMAZING!!! You are so talented, I’m pretty sure everyone at the party commented about how wonderful it looked and how delicious it was.”

And this wasn’t the only chocolate cake I’ve made recently. Here’s a little taste of some more. My mouth is watering after this post!

chocolate cake with pink flower Chocolate mud cake Blooms chocolate cherry cake




Springtime romance

Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Here are the pro photos of the fun wedding of my beautiful sister Emilie from last September. Spot me in the red dress (looking very haggard after doing the bridal party, ceremony and reception flowers, plus the cake, and delivering it all between Ashfield and Berowra before the wedding started!). Photography by Bethany Tara Photography.

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Tea for two

Tuesday, 07 May 2013

The QVB Tea Rooms, the most fragrant autumn blooms and a towering, elegant cake made for a lovely weekend wedding. I’d been looking forward to Jess and Scott’s wedding for over a year now after Jess first got in contact, and I wasn’t disappointed with the elegant occasion. It was a joy to put together Jess’s delicious bouquet of David Austin roses, cabbage roses and sweet peas, with her bridesmaids carrying similar bouquets with complementary hints of lavender and mauve.

In keeping with the vintage feel of The Tea Rooms venue, I styled the centrepieces up with vintage books, teapots and cups, plus an array of recycled jars (some collected by the bride and some from my own collection). Purple sweet peas, hyacinths, jonquils and lavender filled the room with beautiful scents. Topping it all off was the four-tiered red velvet and chocolate mud butttercream cake, decorated with fresh roses and lisanthus. Gorgeous.

Buttercream wedding cake

3 Jess and Scott Rose buttonholes

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